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Historical Summary 1980-1989

1980 President: Elizabeth Cleaver, Peoria

Building is purchased at 1209 South Fifth Street for IASB headquarters office. IASB staff moves into the new building on July 10.

IASB dues formula is revised so that dues are based on a district's current operating expenses.

IASB News Service is introduced. The name is changed several years later to the School Public Relations Service and costs are underwritten by subscriptions sold to schools in other states.

The St. Charles Chronicle wins the first Robert M. Cole Award for outstanding newspaper coverage of local school board issues. The award is co-sponsored by IASB and the Illinois Press Association.

President Jimmy Carter signs a law creating a U.S. Department of Education.

Major fights over non-public school busing and the Governor's appointments to the Teachers' Retirement Board.

Joseph Cronin leaves; Donald Gill is hired as state superintendent.

IASB Board of Directors discusses possible creation of a political action committee, nominating committee procedures, and the role of directors at large. Board also authorizes court intervention to help defend a corporate personal property replacement tax.

AMICUS is established to offer school districts self-funded employee benefit programs.

DuPage Division asks for assistance in grassroots legislative program and LEND is created.


1981 President: Elizabeth Cleaver, Peoria

Project COST (Conserve Our School Taxes) is established to fight Commonwealth Edison utility rate increases.

IASB Board of Directors launches Worker's Compensation insurance program . . . approves School Board Political Action Committee (later is allowed to die) . . . considers possible study of salary ranges and job classifications.

State aid formula becomes a legislative issue as elementary districts make the case for a fairer distribution.

Teachers minimum salary bill vetoed a second time.

Tuition tax credits become a national issue.


1982 President: James W. Sanders, Marion

State Board of Education examines instructional mandates.

IASB Board of Directors approves a second legislative coordinator as LINK is established to serve the Kishwaukee Division . . . appoints IASB Teaching as a Career Committee . . . approves implementation of Project '83 to survey IASB constituents.


1983 President: James W. Sanders, Marion

IASB Task Force formed to examine school district reorganization.

National Commission on Excellence in Education issues "A Nation at Risk" and the school reform movement lunges ahead.

Broad coalition is formed to support an increase in the state income tax. A temporary one-year increase in the income tax is signed into law.

Mandatory collective bargaining for public employees finally becomes law in Illinois.

Illinois School District Liquid Asset Fund is jointly established by IASB and NSBA.


1984 President: Joan Levy, Winnetka

IASB participates in MALC C Mandates Act Legal Challenge.

First IASB Lobby Day is held in May.

School Management Foundation of Illinois (SMFI) moves into rental facility at 1100 South Fifth Street.

Illinois Commission on the Improvement of Elementary and Secondary Education is formed; President Joan Levy and Executive Director Hal Seamon testify.

Donald Gill leaves state superintendency and is succeeded by Ted Sanders.

Asbestos in the schools becomes a major issue.

Illinois School Problems Council is abolished but is re-born as the School Problems Commission.

Non-public school busing legislation is still an issue.


1985 President: Joan Levy, Winnetka

James Dunlop and Company and Peat, Marwick, Mitchell employed to conduct IASB management audit. Association's fiscal year is changed to begin July 1 rather than October 1.

Education reform negotiations focus on "The Group" -- IASB, IASA, IEA, IFT, IPA, IASBO, LUDA and PTA.

Illinois School Services Foundation established to service insurance trusts.

Education reform legislation is signed into law covering a wide range of issues.


1986 President: Wayne Sampson, Morton

ISDLAF+ terminates relationship with NSBA.

IASB Board of Directors examines SMFI structure . . . studies limits on terms of directors . . . approves establishment of a property-casualty pool for member districts . . . establishes Illinois Council of School Attorneys.

School Board Political Action Committee is created.

IASB offices become "computerized."

Illinois School Services Foundation is dissolved and operational responsibilities for risk management programs are turned over to third-party administrators.


1987 President: Wayne Sampson, Morton

Jonathan Howe elected NSBA President.

Lombard office relocates from Janata Boulevard to 200 West 22nd Street.

First IASB Research Grants awarded.

IASB Board of Directors adopts the report and recommendations of its Ad Hoc Committee on Tax Increment Financing . . . approves position classification and compensation system based on the recommendations of an independent consultant . . . adopts "no-smoking" policy for all meetings, conferences, and workshops . . . approves school board development and leadership recognition program . . . agrees to school finance principles jointly with IASA . . . dissolves SMFI and eliminates direct labor relations services to school districts.


1988 President: Barbara Wheeler, Downers Grove

IASB becomes one of nine state school boards association taking part in a two-year School Board Effectiveness Program sponsored by the Institute for Educational Leadership.

Reaction against unfunded mandates reaches a peak when the Springfield school board requests waivers from recent reforms and the Illinois Association of School Administrators organizes legal action to force state compliance with the Mandates Act.

IASB's Workers' Compensation Trust announces a 5 percent dividend for 1987, plus 5 percent for districts enrolled in 1984 or earlier.

IASB presents each member school board with a Foundation Policy Manual . . . joins a new coalition of pro-education groups to work for a state tax increase for education . . . becomes the sole source for copies of The School Code when budget cuts force the State Board of Education to forego publication . . . is hired by the Chicago Board of Education to conduct a search for a new general superintendent . . . helps the State Board of Education launch "Child Find"--a project aimed at identifying unserved children with developmental disabilities.

Eight school districts are the first to be identified by the State Board of Education as being in financial difficulty; 150 others are on a financial watch list.

Springfield District 186 and Oak Lawn High School District 218 become the first in the state with school board members elected by geographic subdistricts.

Chicago reform law is enacted, creating local school councils and other radical changes.


1989 President: Barbara Wheeler, Downers Grove

IASB Board of Directors adopts a strategic plan for the Association, including two goals and eight strategies.

Two-day IASB symposium on "Education for the 21st Century" draws 800 school leaders to Chicago.

State Superintendent Ted Sanders is named U.S. Undersecretary of Education; Robert Leininger becomes State Superintendent.

President Bush and the nation's governors announce their National Goals for Education.

IASB publishes pamphlet, "Where Does the Lottery Money Go?"

The school bond market is turned on its ear when the state appellate court in southern Illinois rules that interest rates are limited by the School Code rather than the Omnibus Interest Act. IASB helps with appeal to supreme court and in enacting corrective legislation.

House Speaker Michael Madigan personally engineers a two-year temporary surcharge on the state income tax with half of the proceeds earmarked for schools. State aid jumps $468 million.

Illinois Manufacturers Association introduces legislation forcing schools to meet rigorous standards enforced by a Department of Public Accountability within the State Board of Education. IASB helps derail the legislation.

Harold Seamon resigns as IASB Executive Director to become Deputy Executive Director of the National School Boards Association.

Wayne Sampson is named IASB Executive Director.

IASB conducts two membership surveys--one to assess the amount of choice provided pupils within their own public schools and one to study board secretary compensation practices.

Educational Environments Exhibition is introduced at the Joint Annual Conference.

IASB holds its first Summer Institute for experienced school board members.

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